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Patrolman Donald A. Stillman | Henrico County Police Department, Virginia Henrico County Police Department, Virginia

Patrolman

Donald A. Stillman

Henrico County Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch: Thursday, November 8, 1984

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 28

Tour: 7 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 11/8/1984

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Suspect: Sentenced to life

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Patrolman Stillman was shot and killed after pursuing a suspect who had just sexually assaulted a woman. He was on patrol with a ride along in a residential area which was under construction when he noticed a suspicious vehicle parked on the street. Unbeknownst to Patrolman Stillman, the suspect had just finished assaulting the woman he had abducted from a nearby gas station. As he approached the vehicle the victim ran to Officer Stillman and the suspect ran into nearby woods.
Patrolman Stillman pursued him and apprehended him. Before the suspect was handcuffed a struggle ensued and the suspect gained control of Patrolman Stillman's .38 caliber handgun and shot him twice in the head. The suspect was apprehended the next day and sentenced to life in prison.
Patrolman Stillman had been with the agency for seven years and was survived by his expectant wife.

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July 9th, your birthday.. #57... wow, you were definitely taken from us way too young. I was 16, and you were a big influence in my life in the couple of years I knew you. Thank you for the time you spent leading me... as subtle as you were, I got it. I wasn't perfect but I like to believe I was better than I would have been had you not taken the time to be a friend & a teacher to me. You have been gone a long time, but never forgotten.

Kris Joynes Chapin
July 9, 2013

 

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